The Welsh Spinal Injuries Unit is one of 11 designated Spinal Units in the UK. Patients are admitted from South and mid-Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, although priority is given to Welsh patients.  

Whilst the unit is currently situation at Rookwood Hospital, it is going to be moved to a new, purpose-built Spinal and Neurological Unit at the University Hospital, Llandough. This is due to open in 2020 and as part of the redevelopment, Horatio’s Garden has been invited to create a new garden for patients. 

The project is in collaboration with the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, with the costs of the ground works being covered by the hospital’s charity. The new unit will provide both specialist spinal and neuro-rehabilitation services for patients. As well as critical care, it will have an independent living facility for patients preparing to go home. It will have a total of 32 beds. 

We hope to launch our Cardiff Appeal in the late summer of this year, with the aim of raising the required £600,000 within in a year. The National Garden Scheme have generously committed to fund 25% of this cost, whilst Horatio’s Garden will fundraise in a variety of ways for the outstanding amount. With your support, we hope to begin building the garden in September 2020, so that it will open for patients and their loved ones to enjoy by Spring 2021. 


To support the appeal, please donate by clicking the button in the top right hand corner of this page. Alternatively you can donate by post to the registered office address: 2 Throope Down Office, Blandford Road, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, SP5 4LN, or phone 01722 326834 to donate by credit card.

If you feel you could help us with fundraising, or would like to volunteer, please contact us by emailing, or ring 01722 326834.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our sixth Horatio’s Garden so far.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price is an award-winning, young Welsh garden designer who has had a prestigious career. She is renowned for her artistic, naturalistic planting style in such projects as the Olympic Park and a garden at Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery. Sarah will be working to create a beautiful garden sanctuary for patients and will be collaborating with architect Stephanie Macdonald from 6A to create the garden pavilion. 

Sarah is currently developing the designs, which we hope to be able to share with you very soon. 

The Design

The garden will be easily accessible from the spinal injury centre through automatic doors, so that patients in hospital beds and wheelchairs can use the space with their friends and family, or as a place of sanctuary.  

Cloud hedging will obscure the hospitals architecture, creating a green threshold that signals an immediate transition of environment. Fully wheelchair accessible, flat paths of patterned concrete panels will meander through a gently undulating landscape of diaphanous planting and clear-stemmed shrubs and trees.  

A reflective, raised water pool and green oak seating offer intimate and beautiful places of repose. Warmth, shelter and opportunities for socialising will be provided by a garden pavilion enabling the garden to be used all year round. The internal space will be designed for comfort, flexibility and accessibility with a kitchen area and propagation table both designed for ease of use.  

“A magical place when life is not too magical.” 

A greenhouse will be the hub of growing in the garden and offer a space for garden therapy. The planting will provide year-round interest and biodiversity, with bird feeders and nesting boxes also encouraging wild birds to the garden. 

Uniquely, there will be a roof terrace garden that Sarah is also designing which will be very close to the ward, created especially for high dependency patients to use in their hospital beds. 

Once the garden is open, Horatio’s Garden charity are entirely responsible for funding the team who will both care for the garden and organise events and activities, all of which offer patients gentle support and rehabilitation throughout their time in hospital. 

Cardiff Design Visual

Building work for Horatio's Garden Cardiff has not yet begun, but if you would like to know more please ring the office on 01722 326834 or email

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